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Tascam 38 reel-to-reel 8 track- the ff and rew work and cue instantly; it will not move forward when the play button is pushed. It is as if something is stopping it's motion. To my knowledge it i

As soon as i push play, something seems to hold it from going into motion, but releases when i push stop.

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Hi James,
I am a past Teac Technician. The answer may be a bad capstan belt- is the round metal thing rotating that makes contact with the rubber Pinch Roller? These belts become lose over time and the DC motor become defective in time due to wear- Before they burn out they can be serviced but only by a person with knowledge about how to take them apart. Otherwise the part can be $120 plus installation. I have not seen sticky Pinch Roller linkages in these models so I will say it is probably not that.
If you are near Chicago I can help you out. If you are near New Jersey Russ can help. If you want to discuss, contact me.
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Is the tape actually moving when you initiate transport commands? Most machines are smart enough to know something isn't moving when it should be. That it fails in BOTH FF and REW suggests the reels aren't moving to take up slack. Cheap machines use glorified rubber bands as drive belts for the reels. Without specifics re: make/model we can't get too precise with an answer. I'd have a pro look at it.

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It sounds like the main drive belt is stretched and slipping or even snapped. Depending on the ease of installation it could turn out to be either cheap or expensive trip to the repair shop. Perhaps it could even be something you could handle yourself. Make sure the power is unplugged and if the belt is still in place take careful note of which way it runs around the mechanism. I have seen apprentices mark the direction of installation with a marking pen.

Some amount of dismantling may be involved. If you are unsure about tackling this job yourself then please leave it with a tech to handle. Especially if the belt is snapped, you may not figure out which way in reinstalls.

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